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girls are making mess

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by BigBen, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. BigBen

    BigBen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one of those galvanized hanging feeders. it holds like 30 lbs or somewhere around there. the hens keep pulling all there layer pellets out. there are pounds of there food on the floor.
    I thought maybe the feeder was to low so I moved it higher and I think it got even worse.
    Has anyone else encountered such a problem.
     
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    First, I'd quit feeding them until they clean up the feed on the floor. They can eat off the ground quite nicely, it's not mean or irresponsible. They are made to eat off the ground and honestly don't know the difference. I fill my feeder six days a week and skip a day to encourage them to clean up the waste.

    How high do you have your feeder? I like to keep mine where the have to stretch a little to reach the food.

    You can try putting an old cookie sheet or similar under it to catch the spilled feed and pour it back in.
     
  3. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Can we have a picture of the feeder as it sits? I have an idea.....
     
  4. WI FarmChick

    WI FarmChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. BigBen

    BigBen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll take one tomorow and post it. Thanks
     
  6. RedDrgn

    RedDrgn Anachronistic Anomaly

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    That's one reason why we ditched that type of feeder ad built a PVC feeder that they have to partially stick their heads in to eat from. No more food flinging and messes and so much less waste.

    But yes, that is absolutely normal. Chickens are slobs when they eat. [​IMG]

    Try a different type of feeder; one that doesn't allow the food to go sailing across your property when they scratch and flick with their beaks. That's pretty much the only way to stop them from doing that.
     
  7. vickiw

    vickiw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Reddrgn[​IMG]
    any chance you could post a pic of your PVC feeder? would love to see what you did!
     
  8. RedDrgn

    RedDrgn Anachronistic Anomaly

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    Yep, I just have to take one and then I'll do that. :)
     

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